Giuseppe Verdi’s Grand Requiem Mass will be performed by the Geneseo Festival Orchestra, Geneseo Chamber Singers, and the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra, with soloists Elena O’Connor, soprano, Ashley Hibbard, mezzo-soprano, Joshua Bouillon, tenor, and Alan Cline, baritone, all under the direction of conductor Gerard Floriano.
Composed by Verdi in Paris in 1873, the Requiem is the most popular and often-performed major choral work alongside Mozart’s Requiem.
Verdi composed the final movement, the “Libera me”, first as a tribute to Gioachino Rossini who died in 1868. It was to be part of a collaboration on a Requiem in Rossini’s honor alongside twelve other famous Italian composers of the time. When this project was abandoned by the organizers, Verdi was inspired to finish the work five years later upon hearing of the death in 1873 of the Italian writer and humanist Alessandro Manzoni, whom Verdi had known and admired. For this reason, the work is sometimes called the Manzoni Requiem.
The performance will take place on Sunday, April 30 at 3:00pm in Wadsworth Auditorium on the campus of SUNY Geneseo. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, available only at the door.